Launch of the County Innovation Challenge Fund

The County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) was launched on Friday, 27th March 2015 at Mukuru Health Centre in Embanks South, Nairobi. CICF is a £16 million, three-year grant fund created in 2015. The CICF is funded by the U.K. Department for International Development supporting the Government of Kenya’s efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. This investment will support the design and delivery of innovative interventions, products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that will reduce maternal and newborn mortality.

The Fund will provide two types of funding opportunities, the Innovation Competition and the Scaling Competition. The competitions shall run concurrently. The first round of applications was opened on 27 March 2015 and funding applications will be due on 31 May 2015. A second round will be opened on 1 June 2015 and funding applications will be due in July 2015. The Fund will consider applications from international, national and community based non-governmental, faith based and civil society organizations/institutions; academic and research institutions; innovation hubs and the private sector. Interested applicants can register at and download the application form.